Reel to Real
Directions: For this activity you will watch one of the following movies and respond to the reflection questions. Movies can be rented on DVD (such as Redbox) or via iTunes.
Citations: all text should be yours; however, if you choose to quote a character in the movie, cite him/her by putting the characters name and the time in parenthesis after the quote. For example, what the world needs is (Coach Carter, 0:01:26)
A word about reflection: John Dewey (who you will hear more about later in this class) was one of the first to point out the value of reflection for learning. In this activity you will watch a movie and then reflect that is, you will evaluate the experience and think deeply about the content of the movie and its value to you as a future teacher.
Paragraph #1: Summarize the movie. This should be your own assessment of what the movie is about.
Other paragraphs: Answer the reflection questions below in a narrative format (not in a list; use paragraphs) using the headings provided.
Paragraph 2: Teacher (or Coach)
1. What characteristics, traits, and attitudes set the teacher/coach apart from others?
2. Describe specifically the teaching strategies that you saw the teacher(s)/coach(s) using in the classroom (How did he/she reach his/her students?) Why do you think he/she used those strategies?
3. Describe the teacher/coachs strategy for developing his/her students for a future outside of school. Be specific. How did he/she model success or failure in his/her own life (family, attitudes, relationships, etc.)
Paragraph 3: Culture
4. Describe the attitudes and actions of the teachers, administration, community, parents, and students depicted in the movie. Describe the school and culture of the neighborhood.
5. How did gender, race, and socioeconomic status influence the curriculum, teaching, and efforts of the teacher?
6. What were the demographics of the school, classroom, and community for the movie you watched?
7. How did the teacher, coach, community, school respond to diversity in the movie?
8. Was there ELL students or Special Education students portrayed in your movie? If so, how did the teacher, coach, and school respond to their instructional needs?
What at risk behaviors can you identify from the movie you watched? How did the teacher/school help these students with at risk behaviors?
Paragraph 4: Leadership
10. Discuss the following leadership values and principles duty, respect, integrity as they relate to the movie you watched (players, coach/teacher, school, and comm
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